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Weird Tale on Interfax

Interfax is a sometimes-useful resource for religion news concerning Russia. However, in recent months the English-language level has declined, and reports have become increasingly hard to fathom.

Here’s a recent article explaining some kind of ritual recently held to soothe the broken hearts of lovesick women:

…In course of the performance, the volunteer, a fat man dressed in boxers with hearts, presented an object of unhappy love or “pussy” sitting on a throne in the form of lavatory pan covered with metal paper. Participating girls worshipped him, putting on masks of unhappy love and offering the idol their gifts – various luxurious plates while the pussy ate them, smacking his lips and washing the food down with vodka…